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Indian javelin thrower Neeraj wins Asiad gold

Indian javelin thrower Neeraj wins Asiad gold

Jakarta: current Asian champion Neeraj Chopra created a new national record on his way to male javelin gold in the 18th Asian Games here on Monday.
Neeraj threw 88.06 meters in his third attempt to take gold. Neeraj gold is the second Indian medal in the event in the history of Asiad. Gurtej Singh had tanned in the 1982 edition in New Delhi.

Liu Qizhen took the silver to China with a personal mark of 82.22m. The Pakistani Arshad Nadeem finished surprisingly in the position of bronze medal.

Languishing in the fifth position until the end of the competition, the Pakistani was initially struggling to overcome the 75 meter mark. But he hit 80.75m with his fourth attempt that put him on the podium.
Shivpal Singh, the other Indian in the fray, recorded 74.11m to finish eighth.

On his first attempt, Neeraj recorded 83.46 meters. He added his second attempt but the next three attempts saw him throw 88.06m, 83.25m and 86.36m respectively.
Neeraj again committed a foul in his final attempt, but it did not matter since the other athletes on the field did not get anywhere near his performance.

Such was the domain of the 20-year-old that even his lowest shot of 83.25m was better than the closest competitor.
“I could have crossed 90 meters today, but I have repeatedly increased too much in my pitches, but I am happy with my performance,” Neeraj told the media after the event.
“My next goal is to win gold in the final of the Diamond League that begins on September 13,” he added.

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